After Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. were outed as sexual predators, Netflix took action pretty quickly, suspending production on “House of Cards” and canceling Louis C.K.’s comedy special. But as we noted earlier this month, their silence has been conspicuously deafening when it comes to another alleged sexual predator, Danny Masterson.

Masterson, one of the stars of Netflix’s series “The Ranch,” is an alleged violent rapist and stands accused of raping multiple women. Why hasn’t he suffered consequences like Spacey or Louis C.K.? Is it because the Church of Scientology is protecting longtime devotee Masterson? Or is his publicist just really convincing when it comes to spinning rape accusations?

Don’t be surprised if it’s a combination of both:

More from HuffPost’s Yashar Ali:

In a recorded phone call obtained by HuffPost, Jenni Weinman, the longtime publicist of actor Danny Masterson, suggested to one of the four women accusing Masterson of rape that a woman who is in a relationship with a man can’t claim that man raped her. In that conversation, Weinman remained unfazed when presented with accusations that her client had raped women while they were unconscious.

Two of the women accusing Masterson of rape have told HuffPost that Weinman played an integral part in covering up Masterson’s alleged crimes. They say Weinman worked to cover up the allegations by threatening, cajoling and lying to victims in an effort to silence them.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have been investigating Masterson for nearly a year for allegedly raping four women. The women, two of whom were in romantic relationships with Masterson at the time of the alleged incidents, say that Masterson violently raped them after spiking their drinks, causing them to slip in and out of consciousness. (Masterson’s attorney disputes this, saying that as a Scientologist, his client has a strict anti-drug policy.)


That’s disturbing, to say the least.

It seems like at the very least, it might behoove Netflix to put the brakes on things while the investigation proceeds.